Port Moresby

Project benefits over 10,000 youths

This was revealed during the National Development Forum, hosted by the Consultative Implementation & Monitoring Council (CIMC) last week.

A total of 10,605 youths in the capital city benefited from the project, which began in 2009.

The number exceeds an original target of 10,500.

41 percent of the total participants were women, while Motu Koita youths, who are the target of the project, were 12 percent.

So far, 1,168 trainees successfully graduated from job placement trainings.

Raukele women crowned as Fairfax champs

The Raukele women captured their third title yesterday with a 25-20, 21-25, 20-25 and 25-14 win to retain their title.

JP Sharks took out the first set before Raukele regrouped in the second set to complete the third and fourth sets.

The presentation of the trophies will be done together with the men’s premier final, which was postponed to Saturday at the PNG Education Institute.

Arms Trade Treaty workshop ends on high

The workshop provides the opportunity for participants to share and exchange views, information and experience to improve the existing domestic mechanisms to effectively address the ATT issue in PNG in domesticating the treaty when ratified.

The Arms Trade Treaty falls within the ambit of United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) that came into force on the 29th September 2003.

Man’s neck chopped off near flyover

The National Capital District metropolitan superintendent, Commander Ben Turi, confirmed the incident with Loop PNG, saying the man was from Tari, Hela Province.

Turi says details are still sketchy at the moment.

“Someone saw what happened; we need witnesses to come forward.”

He is urging the public to help them with information so that they can carry out an investigation.

Meanwhile, Turi revealed that two men were tortured to death at Badili on Monday.

“The men, from Lufa, Eastern Highlands, were killed over allegations of sorcery.”

RSPCA's Paws Walk a hit

476 registered human participants took to Ela Beach with 35 doggies. However, that number rose when the general public joined in.

“People from the general public who, after noticing that others were walking their doggies, also came with their doggies and joined (mainly people from the nearby settlement),” community liaison coordinator Brigitte Baki-Ta’u said.

“I counted five young men with their doggies.

“Our own shelter doggies, which we brought along for the walk, were 4, giving us a total of 39 doggies who attended the walk.

Men to stand trial for assaulting minors

Both were arrested and charged under section 229 of the Criminal code sexual offences and crimes against Children's act.

One of the accused from Hagen Central in Western highlands allegedly sexually assaulted a boy in Port Moresby in May 1 at the Vadavada settlement.

The man who is a bus driver (identity withheld) appeared in court yesterday where Magistrate Cosmas Bidar gave a ruling on whether there is sufficient evidence against him.

New taxi service in town

With 12 taxis on the road and another eight expected to be added to the fleet next month, all taxis have been installed with GPS tracking equipment, making it safer for passengers to travel.

The aim of City Loop is to provide reliable, safe, affordable and convenient taxi service to the populace.

City Loop says growth in the number of likes on their Facebook page and the response from commuters just gets to show how eager people have been waiting for a more reliable taxi service in the city for a very long time.

Small school with big plans!

On this path, it will successfully be a complete upper primary school next year and graduate its pioneer Grade Eight students.

However, the school is faced with one big challenge: To bring it under the national education system.

Principal Benard Karad says this is their biggest challenge at the moment because in order to do so, the land on which the school stands on, portion 699, has to be registered with the Lands Department. However, efforts to identify the landlord have taken longer than anticipated.

Thousands flock to Hiri Moale festival

Villages and districts from all over the Central Province have turned up in their vibrant color attires to add color to the festival.

The day has started with peroveta singsings, traditional dances, canoe races and selling of crafts and items.

Port Moresby residents have flocked in numbers to witness this event.

With the Lagatoi on its way with the contestants vying for the title of 2016 Hiri Hananamo, the atmosphere is picking up.

It is anticipated that more is yet to arrive to see the crowning of the MIss Hiri Hanenamo.

Parkop encourages residents to take ownership of city

Parkop said NCDC is doing all it can to improve the environment and needs everyone to start taking ownership and be responsible for the city they live.

“NCDC spends millions in cleaning the city but it cannot do the job on its own.

“We need everybody’s support because the issue is with people’s bad habits.

“Residents need to be educated on taking ownership and responsibility in order to change their mindsets,” Parkop said.

He stressed that Port Moresby cannot attract businesses and investors if the city is not clean.

Picture by Kennedy Bani